Mellands Playing Fields, GMYF, p. Counter Context

Greater Manchester Youth Federation's proposals include 282 homes and a community hub. Credit: Gillespies

GMYF seeks feedback on Mellands Playing Fields transformation

The charity has unveiled proposals to bring the Gorton site back into active use with plans to create 282 homes, two sports pitches, and a youth, sports, and community hub between Mount Road and Wembley Road.

Greater Manchester Youth Federation is seeking to lead the community-led transformation of Mellands Playing Fields, which once played an important local role until its closure before the pandemic.

As a youth services provider, GMYF’s proposals for the site feature 36 independent living flats for young adults aged 18-25 leaving the care system. Operated by youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, each studio apartment would be affordable.

Sally Orlopp, director of people, property, and independent living at Centrepoint, said: “By working in partnership with GMYF in Gorton, we are able to help meet the housing needs of young people in Manchester by giving them a home, which can act as a stepping-stone into longer-term independent housing.”

Mellands Playing Fields homes, GMYF, p. Counter Context

Kellen Homes are working in partnership with GMYF. Credit: via Gillespies

Housebuilder Kellen Homes would work in partnership with GMYF to deliver a further 246 homes available under a mix of tenures, including affordable housing.

Mark Calvert, land director of Kellen Homes commented: “The mix of new homes we’re proposing will be in a mix of sizes and tenure types to suit first-time buyers, growing families, and downsizers.

“The new homes will include enhanced insulation to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs”, he continued. “We will also be planting trees and making other landscape enhancements to support wildlife and biodiversity, as well as improving walking and cycling routes to encourage sustainable travel.”

Mellands Playing Fields pitch, GMYF, p. Counter Context

Sports pitches would also be provided. Credit: via Gillespies

Proposals also include a youth, sports, and community hub on site to house GMYF’s programme of youth-focused activities. These activities would run during the afternoons and evenings, while local community groups would have access to the facility during the day.

Two grass football pitches and changing facilities are also proposed to provide sports provision for both residents and the local community.

Karen Wilson, chief executive of GMYF, said: “The youth of Manchester are at the heart of our proposals, and we believe that the new youth, sports and community hub will provide fantastic benefits for the local community in Gorton…

“By working in partnership with Centrepoint and Kellen Homes, we can put our youth, sports, and community provision on a financially sustainable footing and ensure we have a positive, active presence in Gorton for generations to come.”

A public consultation on the proposals for the playing fields will run until Tuesday 6 June.

The consultation can be accessed at

Alternatively, GMYF is holding two drop-in sessions:

  • Monday 22 May at Gorton Education Village from 4 pm-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday 23 May at Gorton Library from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

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It is unacceptable to build on this land that was left for the people of Gorton, we need more green space not built on green space, this is not a brown field sight it has already had a petition to stop the land being built on in 2010 which the previous MP supported, we need homes but not at the expenses of loosing any green space, the neighbourhood of Gorton have been locked out of this sight purposely. I wrote to my MP 3 years ago to ask if there were any plans to build on this sight as I was suspisous about it being fensed of and he said there were not buy I’m sure he was aware of these plans. There is already oversubrcipton to schools in this area and the levels on pollution are on the 90th percentile as the worst in the UK another 258 houses will add to these levels this space needs to be preserved.

By Ruth Todhunter

I’ve lived in gorton since I was seven years old I’m now 48 years old and mellands is a mint field everyone who’s lived round here agrees I’m just soo gutted it’s being built on and it doesn’t really need to be to be fair I’m sad 😢

By Karen Moorhouse

It’s all well and good building these house, but your all taking the last of the green space we have in this area. Instead of taking this away, is there not a chance to enhance the green area for the locals?
Also, your building houses but not supplying the medical facilities to balance this out. Doctors, dentists, etc….
Please rearrange another consultation for the area because I’d had a family issue during the last consultations. I’d like to meet with the people involved in this please.

By Donna Taylor

Don’t need more bloody houses! It’s bad enough round here with traffic go elsewhere to build these houses leave the Greenery wildlife alone! Simples hough end got refused houses so why should this land be taken away!

By Anthony

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